Memorable Manitobans: Shane MacKay (1926-2001)
Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 21 May 1926, son of Alice and Douglas MacKay, he was raised in Winnipeg and attended St. John’s-Ravenscourt School and the University of Manitoba. He worked as a newspaper reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune, Canadian Press, and Winnipeg Free Press, later serving as a correspondent for the Free Press in Ottawa and Washington, DC.
In 1951, he was the first Canadian awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University. From 1954 to 1959 he was Managing Editor of the Reader’s Digest Canadian Edition, at Montreal, then was Executive Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press from 1959 to 1967. In the latter year he became Vice-President of the International Nickel Company of Canada, at Toronto, retiring in 1982.
He died at Winnipeg on 21 December 2001.
“Magazine names Winnipeg writer to editorial post,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 July 1954.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 2001.
We thank Douglas MacKay for additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 July 2022